Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 20, 2018

Book Giveaway: Drive by Joyce Moyer Hostetter

Author Joyce Moyer Hostetter has a new book titled DRIVE (Bakers Mountain Stories) published by Calkins Creek came out on September 11th. She has agreed to share a book with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Joyce!


This fourth title in the best-selling Bakers Mountain Stories series by Joyce Moyer Hostetter focuses on the relationship between twin sisters Ida and Ellie Honeycutt, who find themselves growing apart as they respond differently to their father’s post–World War II trauma, the NASCAR speedway, and their new high school.

With home life destabilized by her father’s postwar trauma, Ellie Honeycutt seeks escape at the NASCAR speedway and in her dreams of travel and college. On the other hand, her twin sister, Ida, clings to family and finds
solace in her sketchbook. Their close relationship is threatened when they both fall for the same charming classmate at their new high school. But a devastating car accident forces them to change roles and, ultimately, renews
the sisters’ deep bond. Set against the backdrop of the nuclear arms race and the 1952 presidential election, this compelling coming-of-age story is told in the twins’ alternating voices. The book concludes with an author’s note and further resources.


DRIVE, is a story of competition set against the backdrop of the arms race and The Cold War. Told from the alternating viewpoints of twins Ida and Ellie Honeycutt, it is a story of self-actualization and the angst that comes with always being compared to and trying to be as good as—or even better than—the person you love most.

DRIVE is actually book four in a series that began with BLUE, a historical novel about Ann Fay Honeycutt and polio. When I wrote BLUE I had no idea it would evolve into a series. However, BLUE led to COMFORT, a sequel about the aftereffects of polio and war. When the publisher asked for a prequel, I wrote AIM, which featured Ann Fay’s neighbor, Junior Bledsoe and his struggle after his father’s death.

So—once I had books A, B, and C I figured – why not go for D?  Ann Fay’s twin sisters could tell their story.

My books have some enthusiastic fans and I knew readers wanted more so I wrote a proposal for DRIVE.  My publisher offered a contract for a fourth book and we chose a name for the series—Baker’s Mountain Stories.

Although the contract was relatively easy to obtain, the book was more difficult to write than others in the series were. Deadlines came before I was ready for them. AIM, which, at the time, had just been published, had come together quickly and I made the mistake of thinking I could write DRIVE at a similar speed.

However, writing two viewpoints was a bit like writing two books at the same time. Each protagonist needed a fully plotted story and each of the twins’ stories needed to mesh with and complement the other. And of course, since this was part of a series, I had characters from the earlier books that I couldn’t simply abandon. I had the challenge of weaving just enough of their stories into the twins’ journey without sidetracking the real story. I struggled to include enough historical context, make that history relevant to the protagonists’ stories, and keep the plot moving forward.

After I submitted the manuscript, my editor made it clear that some significant revisions would be needed. Again, deadlines came too soon and of course, life, itself, has a way of hindering the writing process. Eventually, however, thanks to a boatload of patience from Editor, Carolyn Yoder and the staff at Boyds Mills Press, I managed to tell both Ida’s and Ellie’s stories and have them each arrive at a satisfying conclusion.

Thanks so much Kathy for providing this opportunity to share DRIVE with your readers!


Joyce Moyer Hostetter grew up in rural North Carolina. After a brief struggle with Dick, Jane, and Sally in first grade she became an avid reader. Reading was a great way to find solitude in the midst of life with seven siblings. She also figured out if she wanted to get a word in edgewise she’d have to write it down!

Her middle grade Language Arts teacher told her she’d be a great writer some day so she began working hard to live up to that goal. However,she spent some years raising her two children, running a preschool, and teaching special education before turning to writing as a career.

She is now the author of four historical novels and has several in-progress. Her book BLUE about a North Carolina polio epidemic won the International Reading Association Children’s Book Award in addition to other honors. The sequel, COMFORT is now available. Healing Water, her book about Hawaii’s leprosy settlement, is not nearly as depressing as it sounds! AIM, the next in the series, and now DRIVE.

Joyce has always loved history and she’s crazy about research. She loves scrounging up some powerful hidden bit of history and sharing it with the world through compelling fiction. Although her novels are geared toward middle graders, they are widely enjoyed by adults as well.

Joyce speaks at schools, conferences, and conventions about her books and the history behind them. She also speaks about the writing process.

When she is not writing and speaking she’s likely to be pulling weeds or planting flowers with the help of her husband and a grandchild or two. Or three. Or five.


Thank you Joyce for sharing your book and journey with us. I can’t wait to read it. Looks like this will be another big seller. Good luck!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Loved the photos of the old cars!


  2. Sounds wonderful!


  3. I LOVE this book, but then I love all of Joyce’s books. Thanks for this interesting post. I will pass on the drawing as I already have a copy.


  4. No need to enter me, just chiming in that this is a WONDERFUL book and everyone who loves MG fiction will love this. So glad you featured my mentor and friend, Kathy!


  5. Thanks for introducing me to this (new-to-me) series, sounds good and I love that cover! Congratulations to Joyce!


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